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Teresa D.'s daughter Annie del Castillo (Annie Flores)
Good for you AJ
11 years ago

I keep thinking that maybe I should look into my local Habitat for Humanity and see what is going on.

Thanks for sharing your story!

Kristi K

Our 2008 fundraiser
11 years ago

Our local Habitat for Humanity held a "Holiday Tables" show last Saturday and Sunday, with a bake sale and a soup luncheon the first day.  It was a decent success, with rebookings by all who displayed this year, plus 5 more.

Several people sponsored space, and either designed and set up the tables, or allowed someone else to do that.  There was a good variety of designs, and it was a very nice little show.  My favorite was a red and white table, based upon candy canes and red and white mints.  It was neat!  (I am horrid at doing such things, but sometimes can imitate.)  We charged 7.50 admission, and then the bake sale items were priced consistently with most bake sales in my town.  The soup luncheon included homemade soup donated by the cook, and some artisan-style breads with water or tea to drink, and then a dessert.  I believe we charged 5.00 for that, but I didn't work until the following day, when there was no lunch.

I thought I'd toss this out.  Maybe others have stories about what their locals are doing? 


11 years ago

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."  2 Timothy 3:16-17

11 years ago
Protect your pets during the Halloween Season
11 years ago


I don't advocate letting cats out anytime but during October it is especially dangerous not only for black cats either. All cats are at a higher risk.

Also, be careful with candy and wrappers. Animals are just like small children and tend to put everything in their mouths.

Kristi K

ASPCA Seeks Foster Pet Owners in New York
11 years ago
Temporary homes for adult cats and dogs needed to ease burden on New York shelters.
By Stacy N. Hackett
Posted: July 19, 2008 2 a.m. EDT

Pet lovers that enjoy the company of cats and dogs but can’t commit to adopting a pet are encouraged to provide foster homes for adult cats and senior dogs as part of the ASPCA’s annual “Kitty Camp” and “Golden Oldies” summer foster programs. The programs provide temporary homes for pets in need while giving pet lovers a chance to spend time with a companion animal, said Gail Buchwald, ASPCA senior vice president of animal placement.

“These foster opportunities are great for people who have a little extra time in the summer to care for a pet, but who might not be up to the responsibility year-round,” she said. “It’s really a win-win for the person and the pet.”

The ASPCA conducts the “Kitty Camp” program each summer to ease the burden on New York City shelters that are flooded with litters of kittens. Many times adult cats cannot compete with kittens for new homes, as many potential adopters are charmed by the antics of the younger animals.

“Moving adult cats out of the shelter temporarily provides a welcome change of pace, especially during a time when they are competing with younger cats that tend to get adopted more quickly,” Buchwald said. “For every cat we place in foster care, we are able to make room for just one more at the shelter and save one more life.”

To become a foster pet parent, contact the ASPCA at 212-876-7700.

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Election 2008 Funny Video
11 years ago

Jib Jab has a new funny video for the election this year. Check it out!

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If you have something that you want to share with this group
11 years ago

Please feel free to post it on this thread. It is okay to be "off-topic" (Habitat for Humanity info) on this thread.

Kristi K

Thanks for a good laugh
11 years ago

However, I don't need ten gallons of those other items each week.

Kristi K

11 years ago

Think a gallon of gas is expensive?

This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective.

Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ........ $10.32 per gallon

Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ...........$9.52 per gallon

Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 ...... $10.17 per gallon

Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 . $10.00 per gallon

Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 . $33.60 per gallon

Vick's Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 .... $178.13 per gallon

Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 ..... $123.20 per gallon

Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ......... .. $25.42 per gallon

Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 .$84.48 per gallon

And this is the REAL KICKER...

Evian water 9 oz $1.49..........$21.19 per gallon?!
$21.19 for WATER

And the buyers don't even know the source. (Evian
spelled backwards is Naive.)

So, the next time you're at the pump, be glad your car
doesn't run on water, Scope, or Whiteout, or God forbid Pepto Bismol or

Just a little humor to help ease the pain of your next
trip to the pump...

A heart-warming story
12 years ago
A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy.

"Mister," he said, 'I want to buy one of your puppies."

"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money."

The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.

"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"

"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!'"he called. Dolly followed by four little balls of fur.

The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.

Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up....

"I want that one,"the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would."

With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe.

Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."

With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. Holding it carefully handed it to the little boy.'How much?' asked the little boy. "No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love."

The world is full of people (AND ANIMAL'S) who need someone
who understands .
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12 years ago

Matua I.

My 4 Year, 49 State walk 7:26 PM

In September I will be starting a four year walk to 49 of the 50 US states (cannot walk to Hawaii). I will be traveling alone, carrying everything I need with me. I will walk on back roads (when available). Along the way I plan to do as many 'good deeds' as I can. I plan on volunteering in the communities I walk through. Moreover, I intend to do no harm as I walk. Can anyone suggest opportunities in their communities?
 As I prepare for, and undertake, my walk I will keep an online journal/blog on, and upload photos and videos. My Care2 page has the link information. Peace & Smiles,
Matua  [ send green star]

This post was modified from its original form on 15 Aug, 21:04
The trees of life...
12 years ago

Michael T.
Michael has received 1 new, 40 total stars from Care2 membersMichael has been awarded 85 butterflies for taking action at Care2
   3:37 AM

Hello. For the last 7 years or so I've been  planting trees.
Several times a year, I've stopped and gathered some seeds from trees indigenous to this area. I'm in Oregon.

I just put them in a big plastic bag, and keep it with me as I travel here and there. Along the road, I pull over where it's safe and throw the seeds... dozens at a time over the guard rail, down in the gulleys on public land where there are no overhead wires.

My hunch from talking to the local extension service is that perhaps 1 % of the seeds grow to become  trees. So if I throw 10,000 seeds a year, 100 trees are planted.The extension service people can tell you what trees you can use in your area .

In 7 years, that would be say 600 trees. By about the fourth year,  the trees are now making their own they are planting too.That being the case I planted 100 trees ( give or take a bit ) this year and there were perhaps 200 trees planting naturally.

So this year my trees outplanted me by 2 or 3 to 1 which is great! By year 10, the trees will be outplanting me by 10, 20, perhaps 30 times. The numbers are truly phenomenal beyond the year 10 mark!

I've been sharing this idea with people all over the world and estimate that at the very least 700 people have taken up the idea.
They are all around the U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Australia, Russia, Africa, The Philippines, and in many other places.

This isn't the least bit "political'' . no ones permission is
required, and it takes no funding or special training... just do it and enjoy knowing that some of those seeds will become trees.

My  work gathering seeds and planting them is already grown small compared to the growing # of people doing this. That is one of the goals.. if you share the idea with say 3 people.. and they do it and each one shares with 1 or 2 more... there you have it!

A great many of them are writing back to me and asking to share this letter. So by all means... feel free, do share this letter !

My goal is that there will be 10,000 people planting trees world wide. If on average each person gathers and plants seeds a few  times a year for an hour or two.. they will be planting about as much as I am...

10,000 people planting 100 trees each in a year... is 1,000,000 trees. That is a forest of 20 square miles.. PER YEAR! Imagine what ten years of this will create!

My suggestion is to do this in a relaxed manner... find native seeds that are heavy enough to throw.. collect some seeds and find places to throw them... it's how things grow naturally... seeds fall and grow.

The "magic'' of this as I mentioned happens about year 4... when the new trees are making their own seeds . These little gulleys behind he guard rails along the highway are steep and will never be bothered, so the trees will be able to grow undisturbed and plant new
ones on their own..

Shady ground retains moisture, remains cool, provides habitat for birds and other animals, and is great to look at too.

I hope that you'll join me in this activity.. It is so simple and nearly efffortless. My goal of 10,000 people is only 50 people per country . That actual # of people doing this may vastly exceed that # in several years... which would be great.

For each person planting seeds and sharing the idea, this will become your idea as much as it is mine. It will be making a huge difference .

We have been trained to believe that solutions must be complex to
Chit Chat Thread/Discussion Thread
12 years ago
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Perhaps a discussion thread would be a good idea.

Kristi K